Just finished a book called One Day by David Nicholls. Pretty good, though I’d really love to read a fully happy book one of these days. Regardless, here are a few quotes from it that I really liked (mind the Brit lingo), plus one I found somewhere…don’t remember now where…that also struck me. I love the power of good writing to give me pause and either remind me of things of I have always believed but lost or help me see things in a new way.
Found in One Day:
“That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it and think how different its course would have been. Pause, you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on that memorable day.” -Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
“‘Live each day as if it’s your last,’ that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. … Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.” -Emma Morley, page 433
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work and that when we no longer know which way to go we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
-Wendell Berry, The Real Work
Getting ready for the fresh start of a new year.